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Dish: OC.167-1946

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Fritware painted in blue and black under a clear glaze

Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black under a clear, slightly crazed glaze
Shape: concical bowl, finely potted, sitting on a small, narrow foot ring
Interior: all decoration is painted in black beginning with a concentric band on the rim. A leopard with fine features dominates the interior; the animal’s coat is decorated with large dots and groups of three small dots arranged in a triangle. Around the leopard, leafy foliage, with three central dots on most leaves, is painted against a blue background. The glaze is pooled slightly in the centre.
Exterior: a frieze of black water weeds, separated by pairs of vertical blue lines, radiates from the lower body. Glaze runs over the external surface, it is pitted in places on the upper body and is uneven on the lower body, ending at the foot ring.


History note: Bought from Garabed, June 1926

Legal notes

Oscar Raphael bequest, 1941, received, 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.7 cm
Weight: 558 g
Width: 29 cm

Relative size of this object

29 cm6.7 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Early 13th Century
Circa 1200 - 1225


Rare decorative theme in underglaze painted ware

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( blue, black) glaze ( clear, slightly crazed, pooled in base) Exterior Body composed of pigment ( blue, black) Exterior composed of glaze ( clear and slightly crazed, runs over the external surface, it is pitted in places on the upper body and is uneven on the lower body, ending at the foot ring) Base Diameter 10.2 cm
Rim Diameter 29 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, wheel thrown, painted in blue and black with a clear, slightly crazed glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with serrated edges top and bottom

  • Text: International Exhibition of Persian Art London 1931 (printed), R 13 (hand written in ink), 206 F (hand written in pencil)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand written in black or pencil
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: square paper label

  • Text: City of Manchester Art Gallery (printed below coat of arms), 5441/B.M. 206F (hand written in black ink), 0370 (hand written in black ink but crossed through)
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written and printed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white circular label (additional and similar label also on the underside of the foot ring has no inscription)

  • Text: 13
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.167-1946
Primary reference Number: 72425
Collection number: 13
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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